Amid several opposition parties questioning the Election Commission’s decision to hold Lok Sabha polls during Ramzan, the poll panel on Monday clarified that the festival of Eid and Fridays (falling in the holy month) have been excluded from the polling dates.
Earlier in the day, the Trinamool Congress alleged that the polling schedule was designed in a way that most of the constituencies go to polls during the Ramadan so that Muslims cannot go out and exercise their franchise. The Ramadan begins on May 5 and will end on June 4.
The Trinamool Congress banks heavily on the Muslim votes and the Mamata Banerjee government has already announced many measures to appease the Muslims.
However, criticising the political parties questioning the poll panel’s schedule, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that elections during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan would have no impact on the voter turnout.
“When Muslims fast they also go to offices and do their business. There are also labourers, rickshaw drivers and rickshaw pullers who fast. Their normal activity does not get affected,” he said.
Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and continue for over a month till May 19 across seven phases. The counting of votes will be held on May 23, the Election Commission announced Sunday, kick-starting a mega electoral battle.